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'Scandal' and the Year of the Female TV Antihero

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 27, 2013 9:56 AM
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  • 5 Comments
Walter White notwithstanding, TV wasn't the year the antihero died, but the familiar character was reborn in a new (skirt) suit.

Why John Oliver Will Thrive Beyond 'The Daily Show'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 20, 2013 11:52 AM
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  • 0 Comments
The most resilient comedy franchise on TV will be fine without John Oliver, and he'll be better off.

'Enlightened' Edges 'Breaking Bad' For Top Spot on The A.V. Club's Long List of TV Faves

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 20, 2013 9:37 AM
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  • 0 Comments
A Top 15 plus 25 honorable mentions reflected a banner year for great TV.

Top 10? Forget It. The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum Lists Her Top 32 TV Shows of 2013

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 6, 2013 10:33 AM
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  • 11 Comments
The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum has made her antipathy to Top 10 lists plain, so this year, she kept going until she ran out of good shows.

Entertainment Weekly's Critics Agree on '12 Years a Slave,' 'Before Midnight,' 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The magazine has released the top four films and TV shows from its critics in advance of this week's Best-Of issue.

Time's TV Top 10: 'Enlightened,' 'Breaking Bad,' and 'Orange Is the New Black'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:05 AM
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  • 3 Comments
James Poniewozik weighs in with his best new and returning shows, favorite episodes, and a special 'Breaking Bad' list.

Critic Tells Sarah Silverman to Watch Her Mouth; Internet Tells Him Where to Stick It.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 21, 2013 11:45 AM
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  • 16 Comments
Variety's Brian Lowry offered Sarah Silverman some friendly career advice in his review of her new HBO special.

Did Kerry Washington's 'SNL' Stint Help Solve the Show's Race Problem, or Just Expose It?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • November 4, 2013 3:38 PM
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  • 4 Comments
'Saturday Night Live' took the bull by the horns by opening with a sketch owning up to the show's lack of black female cast members. But does that make a difference?

'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace' Is Horror at Its Worst, Comedy at Its Best

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 2:31 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Enough with celebrating the best in horror. At Halloween approaches, savor the deliberate and glorious dreadfulness of this supremely well-made send-up.

The Thinking Dead: 'The Returned' Is a Zombie Show With (Delicious) Brains

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 31, 2013 12:16 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Living dead notwithstanding, Sundance Channel's eight-episode series, which begins its run tonight, is more about small-town tragedy than gory kills.